Conversations with Authors - Sigrid Nunez (Virtual Event)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 4:00pm

 

Wednesday, September 23rd • 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET

Sigrid Nunez

in conversation with Laura van den Berg


Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.

 

A note from Sigrid:

Dear all,

My thanks to Elaine for inviting me to talk with Laura van den Berg last night. I hope everyone listening enjoyed it, and I send you all a very big warm thanks from me for being there.

And since we were talking about humor in fiction, I’d like to recommend a book by Cathleen Schine, a novelist with, among many other gifts, a marvelous comic touch. The book came out a couple of years ago and is soon out in paperback: The Grammarians. Another book that came out recently that I’d like to recommend is Peter Cameron’s beautiful new novel What Happens at Night.

With all best wishes,
—Sigrid

 

Sigrid Nunez’s new novel What Are You Going Through—a surprising story about empathy and the unusual ways one person can help another through—offers a moving and provocative portrait of the way we live now.

Sigrid is the author of the novels Salvation City, The Last of Her Kind, A Feather on the Breath of God, For Rouenna, and the National Book Award-winning The Friend, among others. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She has been the recipient of several awards, including a Whiting Award, the Rome Prize in Literature, and a Berlin Prize Fellowship. Nunez lives in New York City.

Laura van den Berg is the author of the story collections What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us and The Isle of Youth, and the novels Find Me and The Third Hotel, which was a finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. She is the recipient of a Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a PEN/O. Henry Prize, a MacDowell Colony fellowship, and is a two-time finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. Her third collection of stories, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears, was published in July. Born and raised in Florida, Laura splits her time between the Boston area and Central Florida, with her husband and dog.

 

Below, please find links to purchase their own books, as well as Sigrid's recommended titles.

 

 

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The Grammarians: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780374280116
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Published: Sarah Crichton Books - September 3rd, 2019

An enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language.

From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new novel celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language.


The Grammarians: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250758231
Availability: Backordered
Published: Picador - November 10th, 2020

An enchanting, comic love letter to sibling rivalry and the English language.

From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a new novel celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language.


What Happens at Night Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9781948226967
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Published: Catapult - August 4th, 2020

A couple find themselves at a fading, grand European hotel full of eccentric and sometimes unsettling patrons in this "faultlessly elegant and quietly menacing" allegorical story that examines the significance of shifting desires and the uncertainty of reality (Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness).


What Are You Going Through: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780593191415
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2020

An O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE BEST BOOK OF 2020

NATIONAL BESTSELLER

“As good as The Friend, if not better.” —The New York Times

 
“Impossible to put downleavened with wit and tenderness.”—People
 


The Friend: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735219458
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Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION

SHORTLISTED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER


"A beautiful book … a world of insight into death, grief, art, and love." —Wall Street Journal


Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594633348
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 7th, 2014

From the author of The Friend, winner of the 2018 National Book Award.
"The masterpiece of the ‘I knew Susan’ minigenre" – A.O. Scott, The New York Times

A poignant, intimate memoir of one of America’s most esteemed and fascinating cultural figures, and a deeply felt tribute.


Salvation City Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594485374
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 6th, 2011

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Friend comes a moving and eerily relevant novel that imagines the aftermath of a pandemic virus as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy uncertain of his destiny.


The Last of Her Kind: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780312425944
Availability: Special Order
Published: Picador - December 12th, 2006

The paths of two women from different walks of life intersect amid counterculture of the 1960s in this haunting and provocative novel from the National Book Award-winning author of The Friend

Named a Best Book of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Christian Science Monitor


For Rouenna: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312420635
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Published: Picador - November 15th, 2002

From the National Book Award-winning author of The Friend, one of the most celebrated novelists of her generation, the story of a woman's experiences in the Vietnam War


Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury Cover Image
By Sigrid Nunez, Peter Cameron (Afterword by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781593765828
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Published: Soft Skull Press - August 6th, 2019

One of NPR's Best Books of the Year

"The tender biography of a sickly marmoset that was adopted by Leonard Woolf and became a fixture of Bloomsbury society." --Dwight Garner, The New York Times


A Feather on the Breath of God: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780312422738
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Published: Picador - December 27th, 2005

From Sigrid Nunez, the National Book Award-winning author of The Friend, comes A Feather on the Breath of God: a mesmerizing story about the tangled nature of relationships between parents and children, between language and love


What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781941531877
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Published: Dzanc Books - March 28th, 2017

The stories in Laura van den Berg's rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane: A failed actress takes a job as a Bigfoot impersonator. A botanist seeking a rare flower crosses paths with a group of men hunting the Loch Ness Monster.


The Isle of Youth: Stories Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374177232
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Published: FSG Originals - November 5th, 2013

Laura van den Berg's gorgeous new book, The Isle of Youth, explores the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception.


Find Me: A Novel Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780374536077
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Published: FSG Originals - February 2nd, 2016

Long-listed for the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize

After two acclaimed story collections, Laura van den Berg brings us Find Me, her highly anticipated debut novel--a gripping, imaginative, darkly funny tale of a young woman struggling to find her place in the world.


The Third Hotel: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781250214881
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Published: Picador - August 13th, 2019

"[A] future cult classic." —The New York Times Book Review

"There’s Borges and Bolaño, Kafka and Cortázar, Modiano and Murakami, and now Laura van den Berg." —The Washington Post


I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374102098
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - July 28th, 2020

ONE OF TIME'S 10 BEST FICTION BOOKS OF 2020. Named a Best Book of 2020 by Bustle, Good Housekeeping, the New York Public Library, and Tor.com